Published Apr 07, 2015Songwriter Mike Edel was born in Alberta but now hails from Victoria, BC. His new album, on the other hand, is called India, Seattle, and it can be streamed in full on Exclaim! ahead of its April 14 release on Cordova Bay Records.
The album was primarily recorded with Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, the New Pornographers) at the producer's Hive studio on Vancouver Island, although parts of it were captured at various other studios. The material draws inspiration directly from personal details in the songwriter's life, and he explained in a statement, "It's specific to places and moments and snapshots in my mind and it's specific to people."
This personal approach translates in folksy rock tunes. These range from the soaring, string-assisted "Blue Above the Green," the simmering marching rhythms of "More Than the Summer," and the restrained baseball ballad "The Closer." Many of the songs start off quiet but build to cinematic climaxes.
Hear it all below. See Edel's busy upcoming Canadian tour schedule here.